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LIU Brooklyn Scholar-Athlete Named 2012 Jeannette K. Watson Fellow

Freshman Matt Mummert will receive three prestigious summer internships


Helen Saffran,Associate Director of Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University

MummertBrooklyn, N.Y. – Freshman Matt Mummert, 19, a member of the LIU Brooklyn men’s soccer team and a student in the University Honors Program, has been awarded the prestigious Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship. The three-year fellowship program offers paid summer internships, mentoring and enhanced educational opportunities to New York City undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional promise, outstanding leadership skills and commitment to the common good.

Mummert has been active with a number of community service projects, including youth soccer clinics with the Tillary Park Foundation and HOPE 2012, a homeless outreach program.

Mummert came to New York City from his hometown, Crawfordsville, Ind. A top soccer player in his home state, he was voted MVP of his team at Crawfordsville High School and led the state in assists.

A political science major and pre-law student, his goal is to be a property lawyer. “I’ve always had an interest in politics,” said Mummert, “and law is the foundation of our politics.”

Established by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation in 1999, the Fellowship operates on the principle that “talent is broadly distributed but only selectively developed.” Watson Fellows have their pick of coveted job placements over three consecutive summers in non-profit groups, business organizations and government agencies. In the third summer, Watson Fellows can apply for an international assignment through partnerships with the Institute of International Education, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Save the Children and many other organizations.

A dozen colleges in the city compete annually for 15 Watson Fellowships. Each school may nominate up to four candidates to send to the citywide selection panels. Only the most determined candidates complete the rigorous application process.

Previous Long Island University Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship recipients are Raynal Jabouin and Cheryl Williams (2000), Joel Mentor (2001), Jana Hasprunarova and Shibinsky Martin (2002) David Ledet, Dynell Pinder, Joanna Sorocki, and Julianna Tabak (2003), Christine Carleton (2004), Andrea Calouri and Mitu Quan (2005), Rony Enriquez and Jonathan Kuhr (2006), Alane Celeste and Alexandra Gratereaux (2007), Blaire Porter (2008), Damala Denny (2009), Amire Solomon and Tenyse Williams (2010) and Victoria Abolencia (2011).

LIU Brooklyn is distinguished by...
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 04/18/2012

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